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l-LB i 1902
A Horse Book
FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY
BY Frederick A. Stokes Company.
Published October^ igoj.
Ai Play .
Three little foals you see at play.
They romp and sport all through
But sometimes they are most
And try to ape their mothers'
They wheel and race and leap
And sometimes they are said to
But always they will stand and
At anyone who passes there.
The horse, like us, must go to
To learn by precept and by rule.
Like us, he does not love the
Like us, he's not allowed to shirk.
This little Instrument you see
Strapped on his back, shaped
like a V,
Is a '' Dumb Jockey" meant to
The horse to bear the bit and
Billy, the circus pony, can
DistlncTuish letters like a man :
He'll hold up for you in the ring
His D for Dunce and K for
With P for Pony he will show
That he his family name doth
And he will find the C for clown
And at his feet will put it down.
Althoiiorh this horse Is clolnor all
he can to drag his heavy load up
the hill, the lazy boy who is wal-
king beside him, with one hand
in his pocket, beats him cruelly
with the stick which he carries.
The boy is too silly or to care-
less to see how willingly the
the horse is workinof.
A Horse's great red-letter days
Are days of hunting, when his
Are often very wilful. Here
See this John Gilpin in great
He came out just to see the
But the horse tlioucrht he would
With horses, hounds and fox for
And led the man this madcap
On the prairies in the Far
West of America a man lost his
way. He had no water to drink,
although both he and his horse
were parched with thirst. Not
knowing where to find water, he
cast the reins on the neck of his
horse. By means of that won-
derful intellio^ence which some
people wrongly call instinct, the
horse found his way to a spring,
although it was many miles dis-
tant. Thus both man and horse
were able to quench their thirst,
and in this way their lives were
These two are very much dis-
To see the fuss their horse has
Because this dog in playful mood
Barked in a manner rather rude.
It is a thinof some horses do
Until the driver makes them rue
Their fits of temper. Then they
That kickinof doesn't seem to
These bio- cart horses and these
little children are great friends.
Although the horses are so bier,
they are very gentle, and allow
the carter's children to lead them
home in the evening, or to ride
on their backs.
Peggy Is the children's pride,
And she allows them all to ride.
She comes to them whene'er
And loves to have them In her
With others she has wilful ways.
She will be cross with John for
Will kick and squeal, will show
And very often try to bite.
These three horses are
ploughing an upland field. They
are thoroughly enjoying them-
selves, for they are so strong that
their work is a pleasure to them.
The ploughman is guiding the
plough, so as to keep the furrows
straio^ht. The rooks are soarinor
round in search of grubs found
in the earth which is turned up
by the plough.
What sweeter sound on winter
Than music of the hounds and
What prettier sight could e're
Than hounds and horses on the
See winding down this country
An eager throng one winter day.
Keen are the men for sport of
But just as keen each hound
The troop-horse, like all sol-
diers, has to learn his drill till he
becomes as efficient as his rider.
In war he will take his place in
his squadron should his rider
have been killed or wounded
In one instance, several guns of
the Royal Horse Artillery were
saved by the teams galloping-
back to their lines after all the
eunners and drivers had been
Rearln<:>- is an awkard vice,
No rider ever thinks it nice.
When the horse prances on two
It's difficult to keep one's seat.
This lady riding- In the Row
Is a good rider, you must know.
When on two lecfs her horse
She quickly brings him down to
There is danger at this place
which the horse can see, but
which the rider fails to detect.
They are in the midst of a swamp
where one false step would mean
a horrible death in the quagmire
on the verge of which the horse
has pulled up. The man uses
whip and spur, but the horse
refuses to move. Finally the
rider leaves the horse to himself
to find a way round which brings
them both to safety.
See this runaway flecked with
Galloping fast as he can for
Carinof nouoht for the shoutlnor
Running also as fast as he can.
Flung by the bolter on the road-
Small is his chance of a pleasant
Two legs matched in a race
with four —
Perhaps they'll meet at the
The cab horse is a useful steed,
Ever handy, good at need —
A patient uncomplaining jade,
What should we do without his
By day, by night he may be had.
Be the weather oood or be it
Many a knock and many a fall
He gets, and yet survives them
When horses buck they take a
With all their four feet off the
Unless they know just what to
And how to keep their seats all
The riders come off fast and
When horses start this Yankee
But with the cowboys of the
The horses come off second best.
The horse affords the best
example amongst animals of
perseverance ; he will go on un-
til he falls exhausted or dead.
On the Yorkshire moors, after
a heavy fall of snow, the roads
are quite lost, and it often hap-
pens that the mailman has to
unharness his horse (the cart
being blocked by the snow,) and
trust to the horse's courage and
endurance to carry the mails from
village to village. It has been
known that the driver has been
overcome by the intense cold,
when the horse has found his
way unaided to the nearest ac-
customed stopping place.
Of all the tiresome steeds that
The jibber is the worst by far.
He stands and contemplates the
An act embarrassing and mean.
And nine times out of ten he
An awkward spot when he re-
To move. To cure him, take
And turn the jibber round about.
The Bus horse does not work
For if he did he'd waste away.
He does his work and then is
To take a long rest in the stable.
When summer suns beat down
His head is sheltered by a bon-
And thouixh it makes him look
He hasn't half the heat to suffer.
A wicked horse," perhaps you
" To shy In such a sudden way.
And ahnost make his rider fall.
It Is not nice of him at all."
It was not wickedness but fear;
That dreadful white thinof rush-
Appeared to his affrighted eyes
Full seven times Its proper size.
All horses very curious are
And things which they espy afar
Arouse their curiosity ;
They wonder what on earth
With ears pricked up and cau-
They come to see. When they
They snort and turn and off
In a contemptuous desperate
A beautiful race horse became
very much attached to a cat.
So much so that he was never
happy unless the cat was near
him, either sleeping curled up on
his back or somewhere in his
stall. They became such close
companions that when the horse
was taken abroad to run in some
races for which he had been en-
tered, he became so dejected at
being separated from his com-
panion that it was found nec^
essary that the cat should always
accompany him in his horse-box
wherever he went.
This horse's working days are
The shafts and saddle never-
Shall hold him. Here he waits
Cared for by those who love to
An old companion. He may
In his loose box or take the
Of grazing which the meadows
A pensioner while he shall live.